Drinking Pileated

I am fortunate to have a regularly appearing male pileated woodpecker coming into the backyard. He usually hits the suet block but this time, after eating some suet, flew on over to our birdbath for a drink at a nice angle in the morning sunlight. These guys are big! That bowl’s diameter is 17".

Technical Details

Composite: No
D500, Nikon 200-500 lens, monopod, 1/2500th, f 8.0, 420mm, ISO 6400, cropped to 3247 x 2569, AI Clear


I’ve never seen a pileated at a birdbath before. Nicely seen and captured!

Great image, Dave. I love the drops from the beak.